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#MeToo Movement - It Happens in All Industries
Including Retail Loss Prevention

By Joan Manson, Senior Retail Executive and Women in Loss Prevention Chair

Any man that has unlawfully sexually harassed a female in the workplace should beware in two ways. Beware that times have changed and be aware that women have gained new strength in numbers to report harassment like never before. Women want to do a great job for their company and boss without the distraction of sex in the workplace. It is best to be known as the boss or peer that raises women up to help them flourish in their careers in our ever-growing and changing industry.

All sexual harassment is unlawful. The risks do not outweigh the rewards when it comes to sexual harassment. There can be criminal actions and civil penalties as well as the loss of a job and potentially your career if you unlawfully harass a subordinate or coworker. Women want a workplace that is free of the garbage that a few men have subjected them to due to their male chauvinism or lack of awareness and understanding of how it feels to be put in an awkward situation just because you are of a different sex.

During the Women in LP discussions during the annual Protect conferences, I continue to hear of examples of stories and I am disappointed in how some men who are leading the LP efforts of a company, still today think sexual harassment is permissible. It did cross my mind to list a few names herein, but will refrain in hopes that everyone has heard this message loud and clear. It is my hope that the men many times do not understand their words or actions and the negative affect they have on their subordinates. It is my hope through sharing a few of the examples, men will think about what they are doing that results in a negative impact on the women they work with and are responsible for developing. The following are first hand examples of what I have heard from women attending the Protect conference.

These have all happened. Not a one on the list is made up.

Women are tired of being seen as the one who is:

● Responsible for organizing all meetings/events.

● Excluded from the after work visit to the local bar or male entertainment venue. They are expected to arrange the event, but typically are excluded from attending. Thankfully, the women are disgusted and wouldn't attend regardless.

● Expected to go to the sports bar, drink with the fellows, or if they don't, they are considered the party pooper and an outcast.

● Expected to listen to all of the sports chatter, hunting stories, the escapade with the online date. Verses, never being asked about what her outside interests may be.

● Expected to rub the bosses back or asked out for dinner alone with the boss. And, if at the bar with the gang, do not dance suggestively to the female.

● Surprised that her hotel room is adjoining the bosses room. He knocks on the door to ask if she would like a drink!

And let's all remember, as employers we are responsible for preventing and protecting our female employees from harassment by third parties. It has been reported more than once, that a male police officer become flirtatious and at times disrespectful of the female store investigator, manager, and so on.

These activities should have been left in the 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's but not in the 21st century. If you have ever done any of the above, or think it's appropriate, or watched it go on, now is the time to ensure it is immediately stopped. With all of the attention as of late in the press, the last thing a male supervisor should want to hear about is a complaint due to his behavior toward a female subordinate or colleague has been treated in an unfair sexist manner. Those days are O-V-E-R!

Men can be supportive of a female's career:

● Treat them with the same manner and respect as other male coworkers.

● If you wouldn't want your daughter, wife, your mother or the CEO to hear, watch or be on the receiving end of sexist conduct, it is best to count to 5, bite your tongue and think of something more appropriate for all audiences.

● If you don't want to see your face on the front of the newspaper with an allegation of sexual harassment, it is best to ensure your conduct is something you are always proud of.

● Understand a female employee may have other family obligations (so do single dads).  Be compassionate, and assist when a less experienced subordinate may need help finding the right balance or blend of work and home.

● Never assume a female can't be considered for a promotion due to family/childcare obligations. Let them figure that out.

● If a female is pregnant, treat her like anyone else. Expect the same quantity and quality of work from her unless a medical provider provides a written document that says otherwise.

● Volunteer to become a mentor to a female in your organization or another company. The Women in LP has a Mentoring Program and always looking for Mentors to help advance up and comers in the industry.

● Compensate the female employee just as you would a male with the same skill set, experience, and potential. In some states now, an applicant is not asked for compensation history on the job application to ensure they are paid fairly without any potential of discrimination.

Times have changed. Women just want to be treated fairly and do a great job for their company and boss.
Be the boss or peer that raises women up to help them flourish in their careers.

Editor's Note: Understanding current events and the need for every industry to address this issue and allow those impacted to be heard and begin the healing process, we at the Daily offer this column and guarantee anonymity. If you would like to submit your own story or thoughts on the subject, feel free to email us.

How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations
Make sure you have the knowledge & training you need before complaints surface

While workplace investigations in general are considered one of the toughest parts of an HR professional's duties, investigating sexual harassment complaints can be particularly challenging.

"It's an embarrassing subject for folks, which is why we often don't hear about it for decades," says Judy Clark, owner of HR Answers Inc., in Tigard, Ore. "In most situations, it's not about sex, it's about an abuse of power."

So, it's very difficult for someone new to a job or in a low-level position to report harassment, Clark says. "It's not just that they're afraid of coming to HR. They're afraid of the consequences. 'What happens if I lose my job? What happens if I'm identified as a troublemaker? What happens if I lose my job and they give me a bad reference?' "

Frequently, the employee who is being harassed just wants the offensive behavior to stop, she says. That's why it's important to be sensitive to the individual's turmoil, explaining that, "We don't want you to be subjected to this. We have to look into this." Then determine whether it's necessary to take steps to protect the individual's physical safety and to block any retaliation.

All sexual harassment allegations should be investigated, although some inquiries will be more extensive than others. If you write anybody off, you could later be accused of not taking their complaints seriously, Clark says.

Likewise, she notes, a superficial or sloppy investigation will send the message to employees "that the organization doesn't care, that the organization thinks I'm lying, that they're protecting a person of power." And an employee who might have been upset and sad before could turn angry. "Mad means money in court," Clark says. shrm.org

Pilot Flying J Trial May Include Secret Tapes
Secret recordings of Pilot Flying J exec to appear in court

Audio recordings are expected to make an appearance in a fraud trial involving four former employees of Pilot Flying J. The tapes are said to include former president Mark Hazelwood leveling racially offensive language against the city of Cleveland and the Browns. Prosecutors say the tapes shed light on Hazelwood's character and leadership. Cleveland.com reports the tapes were secretly recorded by an FBI informant. Hazelwood and the three others on trial are accused of skimming money from trucking companies for at least five years. Pilot Flying J and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not under trial. wksu.org

Fresno Female HR Director Pleads Guilty to Stealing $1.5M+ from International Food Distribution Company
To embezzle funds from Borges USA, Hays misreported her salary, expenses, and vacation time to the company's payroll processor, which then remitted the stolen funds to Hays's bank account. In total, Hays stole at least $1,535,420 in inflated salary payments and false expenses reimbursements from Borges USA. justice.gov

Retailers (not just Amazon and Walmart) can unlock your front door now
- If you let them

You'll soon have the option to request a package be delivered inside your home, or fresh groceries be stocked in your fridge, when you're not around. You'll just need an August Smart Lock.

San Francisco-based August Home has partnered with same-day delivery service Deliv to safely open shoppers' front doors to retailers, merging August Home's access platform with Deliv's client base, which includes such companies as Macy's, meal-kit service Plated, Kohl's, Best Buy and Walgreens.

These are just a few of the retailers, along with other logistics services outside of Deliv, that could reveal partnerships with August Home in the next few months, August Home CEO Jason Johnson told CNBC.

In 2017, Walmart teamed up with the smart-lock maker to pilot this shipment method around Silicon Valley, which was largely successful, Johnson said. The big-box retailer is expected to make an announcement later this year regarding its progress and the next steps to tackle in-home (and in-fridge) delivery. cnbc.com

Joplin, MO: Mall Security Guards Quit Over Alleged Safety Concerns
Ray Martinous and Bob Jacobous quit their jobs as security officers at Northpark Mall shortly before Christmas. The now former security guards say ERMC, the company Northpark Mall contracts for security and housekeeping services, has ignored the need for security cameras inside and outside the mall.

"We had a senior shopper who was struck by a careless driver, turned out to be a hit-and-run driver," says Martinous. "Right there, should have been enough to have cameras installed, both inside the mall and outside. We were depending on the mall director to tell them, hey, we need cameras here. She comes up and says, I need you to write a report on every shoplifter who gets away. I asked her, what is the point here? She said, well, I have to get enough reports of crime going on so I can get these cameras out here."

Martinous says pictures included with this story show a security guard sleeping on the routine job and also during CPR training.

A statement from CBL Properties, the company that owns Northpark Mall, reads, "We contract with a third party to provide security services for the property. Once made aware of these allegations, we contacted our vendor, and corrective action was taken." koamtv.com

The mall crisis is secretly morphing into a full-on Armageddon
Some retailers are choosing to let leases expire instead of closing stores, and that number is not accounted for in store closure numbers.

As stores close around the country, one symptom of the retail apocalypse has been overlooked. While many brands announce their store closures in earnings calls and press releases, others are quietly pulling back their footprint and letting store leases expire.

A new report by the real-estate analysis firm Green Street Advisors found 2,468 "in-line" store closures in 2017, but 979 of those were not announced by the parent brand.

The report specifically looked at the largest 25 mall retailers in the US, which have the biggest impact on malls. It found that even some retailers that have not talked about closing stores shrank their footprint in 2017, like Hallmark, which closed 101 stores, and Stride Ride, which closed 160. businessinsider.com

Retail's Tax Windfall Provides Ammunition Against Amazon
How will retailers use the free cash flow from corporate tax cuts?

Instead of coal for Christmas, retailers got a war chest. Their corporate tax rate of 35% will drop to 21%, handing them a free cash flow boost as they fight for survival in the Amazon era.

Domestically-focused retailers like Nordstrom and Ross Stores will fare better than those that have already taken advantage of loopholes associated with foreign business.

Research by Loop Capital points to Williams-Sonoma, Best Buy and Ulta as those likely to reap such rewards.

Meanwhile, deep-discount retailers have less to celebrate. Paltry tax breaks for low-income consumers will leave them with little extra to spend. Indeed, potential changes in entitlement programs to offset low corporate income tax means they could be worse off.

For those retailers flush with savings, the question is how to use them. Some will reward shareholders. Others are more likely to reinvest savings in store remodelings, customer service and e-commerce capabilities.

In the long-term, though, retailers can look forward to battling Amazon with renewed resources. Will it be money well spent, or just expensive life-support for a dying industry? wsj.com

NJ Ready To Give Billions In Tax Breaks For 50,000 Amazon Jobs
New Jersey is laying out the welcome mat big time to get Amazon's second headquarters located in the state. A plan to attract Amazon's second corporate headquarters to New Jersey was approved by the Senate this week, presenting the company with incentives to locate a facility that could create up to 50,000 jobs with an investment of $5 billion in tax breaks. patch.com

U.S. Employers Reveal Strongest Early-Year Hiring Plans Since 2001
Companies in the United States reported the strongest first-quarter hiring outlook since 2001, according to ManpowerGroup's latest employment forecast for 2018. The survey of over 11,500 U.S. employers found that 21 percent plan to increase staff in the first quarter, 5 percent plan to decrease staff and the majority expect no change. That results in a net employment outlook of 16 percent and rises to 19 percent when seasonally adjusted, marking the 14th consecutive quarter with an outlook of 15 percent or above. shrm.org

ADT Sets Terms for $2B IPO With Shares Ranging $17-$19 Apiece
ADT has updated the terms of its initial public offering (IPO) after first stating in December it would go public. Owned by Apollo Global Management, the nation's largest residential security provider plans to raise $2 billion by offering 111.1 million shares at a price range of $17 to $19. At the midpoint of the proposed range, ADT would command a fully diluted market value of $13.7 billion. securitysales.com

Bloomingdales Cuts Almost 20% of Loss Prevention Payroll

SteinMart - Director of Asset Protection job is no longer on their website

Walgreens sees $200 million in savings from GOP tax cut

J.C. Penney will put Sears out of business, retail expert says

Whole Foods places new limits on suppliers, upsetting some small vendors

LeBron James, Diddy and other celebrities rebuke H&M for 'monkey' hoodie

Jack in the Box CEO says 'it just makes sense' to consider replacing cashiers with machines as minimum wages rise

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Fort Campbell soldiers sentenced in stolen military equipment scheme involving eBay

The primary co-conspirator in a plan to steal and sell sensitive military gear online overseas was sentenced to 44 months in prison on Monday in federal court in Nashville.

Cory Wilson, 42, was described as a "lynchpin" in a scheme hatched by John Roberts, 27, of Clarksville, to recruit soldiers addicted to painkillers and others to steal the equipment from the massive military installation and sell them online.

Wilson was also ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution to the Army. He had requested home confinement to care for his wife and son, who has autism.

Federal judge Hugh Lawson, who was visiting from Georgia, issued the sentence, which had been negotiated as part of a plea deal that included Wilson cooperating with the investigation.

Two other former soldiers, Michael Barlow and Kyle Heade, were sentenced to five years probation and 30 months in federal prison, respectively. Read more here.

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StopLift's ScanItAll Checkout Vision Suite

Detected Nearly 2 Million Incidents of Unscanned Items

StopLift's ScanItAll uses computer vision technology paired with your existing infrastructure (Cameras & POS) to determine what occurs during each and every POS transaction, and uses this information to identify loss at the checkout.

The ScanItAll Suite includes the following:

Sweethearting / Scan-Avoidance Detection

When a cashier gives away merchandise to a "Sweetheart" (friend, family, fellow employee) with a fake scan or ring-up at the register, ScanItAll detects cashier fraud at your front end and provides your team with accurate, actionable incidents.

Basket-based Loss Detection
Without the need of any additional infrastructure, ScanItAll detects the uncharged items left in your customers' shopping cart baskets: Bottom of the Basket (BOB), Middle of the Basket (MOB), & Top of the Basket (TOB). This can save stores thousands of dollars in loss.

Self-Checkout Loss Detection
Self-checkouts represent a significant exposure from a loss prevention perspective. StopLift's video analytics proactively monitor the self-checkouts to detect theft and alert store personnel.

Operational Error Detection
Even honest employees can cost retailers money by failing to scan merchandise. ScanItAll identifies those cashiers who engage in operational error and require either more training or management oversight.

Refund/Return Fraud Detection
Are your cashiers using receipts from previous sales to process refunds and pocket your cash? ScanItAll automatically confirms whether a customer is present during refunds to detect refund fraud.

For more on StopLift's ScanItAll Suite, visit http://www.stoplift.com/solutions/scanitall-checkout-vision/


Is cloud CCTV viable and secure enough for your organization?
Growing numbers of surveillance systems are sending images to the cloud rather than into on-site storage.

Flexible, remotely accessible and offering disaster recovery, cloud-based storage offers many compelling benefits to security teams.

But is the model viable for every kind of organisation? Might your infrastructural limitations make it a non-starter? And how secure can anything online ever truly be?

CCTV consultant Simon Lambert broached the topic in conversation with IFSEC Global, which you can see below.

"My feeling at the moment is that cloud storage is limited by the bandwidth of the network connection up to the cloud. If you have a small corner shop with a fast internet connection and a handful of cameras of limited resolution that you need to send up to the cloud, I can imagine that could work perfectly well.

If you have a hundred cameras, all HD for instance, to send up that one internet pipe down a copper or fibre wire, out of your premises, you need an incredibly fast connection - dedicated to that. It can't do anything else. It will be totally absorbed in doing that.

"If you have that then fine. I imagine that's a rare facility for most people so only certain people will benefit from it.

"From a security point of view, of having your storage in the cloud comes down to the modern argument of: how secure is anything that is online?

"Assurances might be given by your cloud service provider about the level of security that they offer, about certifications they have, about [adhering to] recognised international standards for data security, and you have to take each of those on balance and understand what level of protection you want. And of course, naturally, that will come at the cost of what service you are willing to pay for." ifsecglobal.com

The Benefits of Integrating Intelligence and Investigative Analysis
Convergence has been top of mind for years, but what about unifying security intelligence and investigations?

Thought-leaders in the security industry frequently prescribe integration as a cure for problems big and small, and the virtues of integrating operations with technology or intelligence are much touted. Little has been said, however, about unifying the security intelligence and investigative functions. Organizations that combine the two, or at least create closer linkages, have much to gain. Institutions pursuing this kind of integration are in a better position to manage risk and are better able to cultivate employee development. securitymagazine.com

Facial recognition software comes to loyalty
Cali Group, the holding company that owns California restaurant chain CaliBurger, is piloting facial recognition software to recognize loyalty program members in-store.

AI-enabled self-ordering kiosks leverage NEC's facial recognition software to identify registered customers and immediately activate their loyalty accounts as they approach in-store kiosks. Customers need not swipe a card or type in identifying information. The system can display the customer's favorite historical meal packages, enabling the customer to complete the ordering transaction in a matter of seconds.

If well received, the kiosks will roll out to all CaliBurger's locations in 2018. Payments through facial recognition will be added this year, as well. retailwire.com

Visa to issue new kind of 'smart' card
Visa's newest payment card gives new meaning to the term "smart card." The card issuer partnered with interactive payment cards developer Dynamics to introduce the "connected" Dynamics Wallet Card. While the card is the same size and shape as a standard Visa credit or debit card, this new version incorporates multiple features and technologies.

Embedded with a cell phone chip and antenna, the card enables users to transfer data between the card and their bank in real-time. An embedded button also enables users to access their debit, credit accounts as well as pre-paid, multi-currency, one-time use, or loyalty cards that are loaded onto the card.

When at a retail point-of-sale, shoppers can pay with points or credit by pressing a button on the card
, according to Venture Beat.

Banks can also quickly delete a compromised card account number, and replace it with a new account number, according to Visa. chainstoreage.com

Meltdown, Spectre Likely Just Scratch the Surface of Microprocessor Vulnerabilities
The dust has yet to settle on the recent revelation of critical vulnerabilities in microprocessors in most modern computers worldwide, but it's already troublingly clear that fixing the problem isn't simply a matter of applying the latest vendor security updates.

Last week's disclosure by researchers from Google's Project Zero team and research teams from academia of the vulnerabilities in most Intel processors and in some AMD and ARM processors have left organizations scrambling to gather and track security updates available for their firmware, operating systems, and browsers. Given that operating system patches can incur significant performance hits - some experts are estimating up to 30% degradation for Linux and Windows platforms - there's a lot at stake in fixing the flaws. darkreading.com

US Gov Outlines Steps to Fight Botnets, Automated Threats

Mobile tech in stores could boost sales by nearly 150%

Pizza Hut is working on self-driving delivery trucks


What is Blockchain?

A blockchain is a continuously list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Blockchain technology allows digital information to be distributed securely. It is a type of digital ledger typically related to a financial transaction. It keeps a record of the financial transactions and virtually everything of value from a data standpoint. The first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is based on this technology, as are many newer ones.



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To Sell Gadgets To Facebook Users, Scammers Use Every Trick In The Book
At least 44 pages posted misleading content to drive e-commerce sales

A Facebook video titled "UPDATE: Cop Who Arrested Malia Obama Found Dead Under Suspicious Circumstances" began spreading last month from one Facebook page to the next. It popped up on e-commerce pages with names like Cyber Monday and EShopping Bazar, as well as on fashion-oriented Facebook pages like Its Pretty and Fashion Foundry.

Anyone clicking the play button was treated to a two-minute commercial for a kitchen cutter tool, complete with an upbeat harmonica soundtrack. In the video's description, the pages sharing it posted a link to let people know they could purchase the device for themselves, which led to a site called trendyarrival.com.

The pages using the fake headline to sell a kitchen gadget are part of a network of more than 40 pages identified by BuzzFeed News that have been using every trick in the online scam playbook to build an audience and make money on Facebook. They publish images and videos with inspirational quotes or stories asking for sympathy. And, yes, they share fake news articles.

The person, or people, running this particular group of pages and sites appears to be enjoying some success: In the last month, the link to buy the kitchen slicer has been clicked on 11,600 times, according to stats from Bit.ly.

BuzzFeed News provided Facebook with an initial list of 10 of the 44 pages involved in the same activity. The social network shut down those 10 pages, saying that they violated a policy that states, "Pages must not contain false, misleading, fraudulent, or deceptive claims or content."

The company then banned an additional 29 pages for similar violations, according to a person familiar with Facebook's actions. As of today, 22 of the pages initially identified by BuzzFeed News remain online but no longer have misleading or false content on their timelines. buzzfeed.com

US shoppers who own an Echo device spend significantly more on Amazon
Shoppers who own an Echo device spend an average of $1,700 a year on Amazon, or about 70% more than Amazon shoppers who do not own an Echo device ($1,000), according to a new study released by securities research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). digitalcommerce360.com

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Jackson, TN: Second person charged in $17,000 theft from Sears at Old Hickory Mall
Police have charged a second suspect in a November theft from Sears at Old Hickory Mall. Brent Brown, 25, is charged with theft of property over $10,000. Court documents say Brown is one of several people Sears employees saw working together Nov. 5 to steal 283 pairs of Levi pants. The merchandise was valued at around $16,958. Court documents say employees notified Jackson police that Brown was one of the suspects involved in the shoplifting based on Facebook photos and a driver's license photo. Last week, Takeea Douglass was arrested on the same charge in connection with the thefts. wbbjtv.com

Rainier, WA: Six arrested in Burglary sting operation; $13,000 of merchandise recovered
Six Rainier residents are accused of stealing $13,000 in collectibles from a Rainier home and pawning some of them in Longview. The pawn shop notified the sheriff's office on Dec. 27 about suspicious transactions. Using shop records and social media posts offering the stolen merchandise, deputies found and arrested 2 men on Jan 2. Deputies found more than $10,000 worth of stolen collectibles at the home. Additional suspects were arrested at the scene and an additional $3,000 to $4,000 worth of stolen items were recovered from a vehicle on the scene. tdn.com

Staten Island, NY: $6,800 in items stolen from CVS in Mariners Harbor
Two suspects entered the store separately and allegedly removed items from a CVS at 2045 Forest Avenue at about 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. Among the items stolen from store shelves by the suspects were cold and allergy medications and blood pressure monitors, according to a spokesman for the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information. silive.com

Mountain Terrace, WA: 1 Man Crime Wave, hits Walmart, T-Mobile and Starbucks; 13 prior felonies - 12 On-going investigations
Matthew Luxon told Police he has a drug problem and will do whatever it takes to buy more. Luxon is tied to $2,000 thefts at Walmart, $2,300 theft at T-Mobile, $300 theft at Starbucks just to name a few. heraldnet.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Vineland, NJ: Cumberland Mall shooting injures 1 after drug deal
Vineland police officers were sent to the area of the Boscov's department store parking lot for a report of a gunshot victim, who indicated that he had been the victim of a robbery and that he had been shot in the leg, police said. pressofatlanticcity.com

Brooklyn, NY: NYPD's Anti-Crime Team Stumble Upon Deli Owner Fighting Armed Robber Who Shot Him
A customer suddenly appears and hears the gunshot, and runs out to the street to flag down the first car that approaches. Inside the car just happens to be plainclothes NYPD officers with Brooklyn North's Anti-Crime team. Sgts. Greg Minardi and Michael Demonda and officers David Mercado and Joe Solomito run into the store, where the gunman and clerk are still fighting over the gun. They make the arrest, and get help for Ahmed. nbcnewyork.com

Robberies & Thefts

University City, MO: City Gear store the victim of an early morning Smash & Grab
Officers were called to City Gear around 4:15 a.m. When they arrived, they saw the front windows of the store broken and realized several items from inside were stolen. During the investigation, police said they learned at least two vehicles and three suspects were involved in the smash-and-grab. kmov.com

Decatur, AL: Florence man accused of stealing $1500 in merchandise from Kay Jewelers
Police were alerted of the reported theft in late November, and the detective working the case identified Steven Marcus Burge of Florence as the suspect in the case. Detectives obtained a warrant for Burge's arrest in early December, but it wasn't until Jan. 2 before Florence authorities captured him. After Burge was transported to Decatur police, he was charged with felony theft charge. waaytv.com

Philadelphia, PA: Customs officers seize $22M in cocaine hidden in furniture
Federal customs officials in Philadelphia say they recently discovered more than 700 pounds of cocaine hidden inside bedroom furniture and kitchen cabinets that were shipped from Puerto Rico, making it the area's largest illicit drug bust in a decade. 680news.com

Delafield, WI: Target associate facing charges for theft of $2,000 in cash; needed money for school

Plattsmouth, NE: Shopko Employee plead guilty to $1,600 theft; 24 months' probation and restitution

Zales Jewelers in the Castleton Square Mall, Indianapolis, IN reported a Grab & Run on 1/8, items valued at $6,947

Sentencings & Arrests

Salem, NH: 7-Eleven Armed Robbery suspect sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in Prison

Tyrone, PA: Save-A-Lot Armed Robbery suspect sentenced to 4 to 10 years

Tampa, FL: Armed Robber Sentenced To 27 Years In Federal Prison


Chantilly, VA: $55K in counterfeit Air Jordans seized at airport


Advance Auto Parts - Harrisonville, MO - Armed Robbery / clerk stabbed
Cabela's - Fort Mill, SC - Burglary
C- Store - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
C- Store - Martinez, GA - Burglary
City Gear - University City, MO - Burglary
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Bowman, SC - Burglary
Gun Store - Clive, IA - Burglary
Gun Store - Mason, OH - Robbery
Gun Store - McHenry, IL - Burglary
Kohl's - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Liquor Store - Columbus, GA - Burglary
Liquor Store - Jefferson County, IL - Armed Robbery
Metro PCS - Huntington Station, NY - Robbery
Pharmacy - Towson, MD - Armed Robbery
Raspados Funland - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery - Customer shot and killed
Verizon - Menomonee Falls, WI - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery/ clerk assaulted
7- Eleven - Allentown, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
13 robberies
7 burglaries
1 shooting
1 killing





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This role is responsible for identifying potential fraud and privilege abuse at the Walt Disney World Resort, across all lines of business including but not limited to: merchandise, food & beverage, rooms, ticketing, and employee privileges. Fraud is identified through exception reporting by using in house systems and databases to establish trends for investigations...

Senior Market AP Manager- Southern California
Burbank, CA
This Senior Market Asset Protection Manager contributes to REI's success by supporting improved profitability for the co-op through reduced inventory shrinkage, improved margin, reduced Workers Comp and GL claims and premiums, retail and supply chain management...

Regional Asset Protection Director
Seattle, WA

The Regional Loss Prevention Director will lead Loss Prevention programs for designated Districts and Stores within assigned Region. Reviews Loss Prevention program processes in stores to drive shrink reduction and bottom line profits. Provides leadership to LP teams and stores in the management of critical incidents...

Senior Manager of Investigations
Dublin, CA
● This position will lead the Internal Theft Investigations Team - based out of our Dublin Corporate Office
They are responsible for company-wide theft lead generation, field/corporate investigations and case closures...

Senior Manager of Crisis Operations
Dublin, CA
This position will lead a team of Crisis Mangers, Senior Analysts and Crisis Analysts based out of our Dublin Corporate Office
They are responsible for all crisis response efforts, company-wide communication, safe travel program and any company threats...

Regional Loss Prevention Manager - Pacific Northwest
Sacramento, CA

● Conducts internal investigations related to theft, business abuse, and safety violations by conducting interviews, determining course of action, and writing reports.
Monitors compliance with loss prevention policies and programs including routine audits/checklists for internal/external controls...

Retail Asset Protection Team Leader
Cadillac, MI

Collaborates with the Market Asset Protection Team leader and Store Leadership to support a Culture of Safety and 200% accountability. Oversees and ensures the effectiveness of the asset-protection, safety and fire-protection efforts and stock loss reduction...

Regional Manager Loss Prevention - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
The Regional Asset Protection Manager is responsible for the management of the Asset Protection function to a group of the 1,200 campus stores Follett operates. The RAPM guides the implementation and training of Asset Protection programs, enforcement of policies and procedures, auditing, investigations and directing of shrink reduction efforts...

Area LP Manager - Nor Cal
Sacramento, CA

The Area Loss Prevention Manager (ALPM) drives shrink improvement and asset protection programs for two (2) to four (4) Districts which contain approximately 25-65 Ulta Beauty Stores. The Area Loss Prevention Manager is responsible to assess store procedures, promote awareness and methods to prevent, protect and control losses and protect company assets and make recommendations to improve inventory shrinkage, safety and overall store controls...

Store Loss Prevention Manager
Daly City, CA

Store Loss Prevention Managers are responsible for leading Loss Prevention functions within a specific location and for partnering with Store Operations in an effort to prevent company loss. You will be responsible for driving company objectives in profit and loss control, sales performance, customer satisfaction, and shrink results...

District Asset Protection Manager - Detroit/Saginaw
Taylor, MI

Amazing opportunity! High profile, fast paced district available for a Multi-Unit Asset Protection professional with operational savvy or a General Manager passionate about Asset Protection and Safety. As the District Asset Protection Manager you will lead administration of Asset Protection programs and training for an assigned district in order to drive sales, profits, and a customer service culture...

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